Heritage: Jamaica Festival-Celebrating Emancipation and Independence

There are a myriad of accomplishments and happenings throughout Jamaica’s history that deserve to be well-acknowledged. On August 1, 1838, our African-Jamaican ancestors were given freedom from slavery from the British. More than half a century ago, the people of Jamaica laid claim to their independence and began the process of self-governing their country.

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Celebration is therefore due to pay tribute to the many Jamaicans who played their part in creating opportunities for growth into a strong nation and a united people. Both times are merged into one celebratory period known as ‘Emancipendence”, celebrated from August 1, Emancipation Day to August 6, Independence Day. (more…)

July 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Heritage, Jamaica Events, Jamaican Food, Jamaican Music, Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, News & Updates, Ocho Rios, Off the Beaten Path, Portland, Special Feature, Travel Resources, Trelawny, What to Do, Where to Eat, Where to Stay, Where to Visit | No comment

Top 5 Places to Cool Off in Jamaica this Summer

Summer in Jamaica? Most definitely a hot combination. You’ll discover even more about Jamaica while getting relief from the heat at these cool locations around the island.
1. Blue Mountains
  • At 7402 Feet at it’s peak, how could you not be cool? The Blue Mountains is not only a popular chill spot because of it’s hiking, biking and camp grounds but because of the numerous spots to sample and learn about its famous coffee such as Craighton Estate, Clifton Mount Estate and Café Blue. Feeling cool yet?
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July 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, The South Coast, Travel Resources, Vacation Themes, What to Do, Where to Eat, Where to Visit | 2 comments

Show us how you #ExperienceJamaica @ReggaeSumfest to Win!

This year’s Reggae Sumfest is set to deliver memorable performances from a slew of leading reggae, dancehall and pop artistes.  Tessanne Chin, Jason Derulo, Sean Paul, Sanchez, Wiz Khalifa, Chronixx and others headline the 3-day music festival from its home at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

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We want you to show us how you enjoy Jamaica’s music scene by sharing pictures of your Reggae Sumfest experience. Share your selfies while watching your favourite performer, dancing with friends, enjoying the cuisine or even in front of any Jamaica Tourist Board branding. To enter, post pictures with the note “This is how I #ExperienceJamaica @ReggaeSumfest” and tag us on the following platforms:

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Instagram-@VisitJamaica

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July 9, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Deals and Promotions, Jamaica Events, Jamaican Food, Jamaican Music, Montego Bay, Special Feature, What to Do, Where to Eat, Where to Stay, Where to Visit | No comment

Heritage: Jamaican People

One can never truly appreciate the cultural offer of a destination, until you have met its people.

Jamaica is much more than turquoise-blue beaches, heavenly sunsets, extravagant hotels and the other amazing truths preached by prominent destination marketers.  There are many wonderful things to see and do on the island, however, it would not be the premium destination it is without its people.

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The people of Jamaica are warm, friendly and are filled with personality, much like that family-friend you aim to invite to all your casual dinner parties. The culture is rich and Jamaicans are incomparably wealthy in spirit. (more…)

July 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Heritage, Special Feature | No comment

International Reggae Day 2014

‘Now that we found love, what are we gonna do with it?’ Reggae is the heart and soul of Jamaica; our best and most original export. This  fusion of  Jamaican music forms such as ‘Ska’, ‘Mento’ and  ‘Rocksteady’ is much more than a genre, it is a lifestyle that is universally admired and reproduced by some of the most popular local and international talents like‘Bob Marley’,‘The Police’and ‘Third World’.

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June 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Heritage, Jamaica Events, Jamaican Music, Kingston, News & Updates, Special Feature, Travel Resources | No comment

Top 5 Places to Shop in Montego Bay

Affectionately referred to as the “friendly city” because of the warmth and friendliness of its people, Montego Bay is the first taste most visitors have of Jamaica.

Vacations normally consist of shopping which includes buying souvenirs or splurging on something that you always wanted; Montego Bay offers the necessary enticements.

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June 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm | Montego Bay, Travel Resources, What to Do, Where to Visit | No comment

Calabash Literary Festival 2014 Recap

“A unique gem for travellers, the listless fishing village of Treasure Beach provides serenity and a mellow atmosphere for visitors. This community based tourism destination is committed to sustainabledevelopment. Treasure Beach is refreshingly low on tourist traffic compared with the bustling north”.

The soft playing of music, dimly lit lighting and the gorgeous backdrop of the ocean set the scene for a spectacular evening. Calabash International Literary Festival triumphed after an agonising absence in the “Bread-Basket” parish. An anxious crowd of fans from across the Caribbean and other countries gathered at Jakes in Treasure Beach to satisfy their appetites by feasting on reading and poetry. The audience shared their wealth of knowledge in themed discussions and listened attentively to the readings that took place from 27 authors such as Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Jamaica Kincaid, Colum McCann, Paul Muldoon and Beverley East, just to name a few. Also present was American rapper Prodigy, who has now made the transition to author and  publisher, with his own imprint Infamous Books.With his latest accolade as Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Professor Mervyn Morris read at the Saturday morning opening session and guests were pleased with his impressive body of poetry and literary critique.

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June 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Jamaica Events, News & Updates, The South Coast, Travel Resources, What to Do, Where to Visit | No comment

The 2013-14 Clipper Race Arrives in Jamaica!

‘The Spirit of Jamaica Chase’ leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has begun and this year’s 12 teams are en route to the lush resort area of Port Antonio. The Clipper Race, the world’s longest ocean race, began its 2013-14 journey on September 1, 2013 and will stop in Jamaica before continuing on towards the finish line in London. This year Jamaica competes in the race for the third time, and welcome activities are well underway for the arrival of the Jamaica Get All Right team and its competitors at the Errol Flynn Marina.

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May 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Jamaica Events, Jamaican Music, Portland, Special Feature, What to Do, Where to Eat, Where to Stay, Where to Visit | No comment

History & Heritage: Light Houses

From Morant Point to Negril Point, our island’s seven lighthouses have guided seafarers for years and still continue to this day. These fascinating structures are a unique part of Jamaica’s heritage which also showcases the island’s scenic landscape and charming coastline.

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May 9, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Heritage, Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, Portland, Special Feature, The South Coast, Trelawny, Where to Visit | No comment

Where to Stay: Laidback Luxury in Port Antonio

Truly undisputed beauty is the essence of Jamaica’s easterly resort area of Port Antonio. As if specially endowed by Mother Nature herself, this small coastal town abounds with lush foliage, tall thriving forest and verdant hillsides that roll towards the sea, ending in golden sand beaches. Port Antonio has been a secluded hideaway for decades, its natural beauty, semi-remote location and quiet air appealing to the likes of movie stars and celebrities.  Today, it maintains its exclusivity and is a hidden haven of lavish properties, private villas and eco-chic boutique hotels. Whether you’re seeking respite from millions of fans or simply an endless to-do list, Port Antonio’s seductive charm invites you to experience the ultimate in laidback luxury.

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May 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm | Portland, Travel Resources, Vacation Themes, Where to Stay | No comment

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